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Grampian 28
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Description: Grampian 28
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat October 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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The keel was altered by the previous owner - it sails with almost no tiller pressure. It has sail-drive; that's good. Waakness- it's a Grampian so I will never get much resale value no matter how much I put into it.
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Review Date: Sat February 17, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have just purchased the Chinook from a fellow in Maple Bay, BC.

This boat is the last 28' Grampian ever built. She has been well taken care of and is in very good condition for a 1977 model.

The boat made the trip from Toronto down the Hudson river to the Intracoastal waterway to the Bahamas and Virgin Islands back to Key West and then on a truck to Seattle. The previous owners have sailed her to Alaska on three different trips.

The "CHINOOK" is a very capable cruiser. We are looking forward to doing some club racing a cruising with her this upcoming spring and summer.
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Review Date: Tue May 23, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Strong, fast, well built, easy to sail
Cons: Centerline table

We purchase Firefly in September 2004 as her third owners. She has a Volvo MD6A standard prop, sleeping for 5 with a quarter berth, galley, head, etc. Plenty of storage below. She has a centerline table which is great at mealtime but can sometimes be in the way. Comfortable cockpit with a good deck layout. She is very fast but is easy enough to single hand even when not really rigged for it. She has doors rather than hatchboards which we like. She is easy to sail and balances well. I can't really think of anything I would change. She's a great boat that family really enjoys.
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Registered: September 2014
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Review Date: Tue September 16, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $7,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, solid, lots of room, easy to single hand
Cons: Hatch cover drains are not great.

Great boat. I've had it for 2.5 years now. She came from the Great Lakes (Sarnia) and is now at home on the Ottawa River. Great for cruising, although it currently won't win any club races (I'm 16th out of 24 boats). But, in fairness to the boat, I had a bad grounding (low water levels and a big unmarked boulder) and the keel now has a bite out of it (grinding cast iron is a slow slow process). Once I fill and fair the divot, speed aught to go back up to 8 knots in a 10 knot blow. At the moment 7.5 knots in a 15 knot wind is the best I can get out of her. Before the grounding, cruising at 8 knots was quite common even under power. Now I'm lucky if I can get her to 7 knots with full power.

I have been slowly finding things to fix:
The electrical on old boats is, well, old. I have been changing things like the lighting, radio, stereo and all of the wiring to those parts and snaking wire around in this boat is quite a challenge at times. Still to do is the main panel (fuses instead of breakers). I also want to replace the rest of the lighting with LEDs (best thing ever for long battery life at night).

My current problem is that water draining from the main hatch cover does not exit through the spouts but rather is running between the glass layers to the windows. I will cut the top off the deck at the hatch and then seal the area where the two glass sheets join. It would have been a better design to have screwed the cover to the deck verses making it part of the deck (my neighbours boat has this set up so I'm going to copy it). I will make it removable. Once repaired, it should be better than new.

Engine has started to overheat when at over 50% throttle for extended periods, I suspect it has ingested part of a water pump impeller as I was unable to find all of the parts of the previous one that was broken. I'm sure it will not be fun trying to verify that the water ways are clear through the engine this fall. So it is important to change those impellers often...
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